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Fiddling with tradition

The Carolina Chocolate Drops adopt a more eclectic sonic mix on their second album

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops emerged from the almost-forgotten tradition of African-American Piedmont fiddling a couple of years ago with an album, Genuine Negro Jig, that deftly blended jigs, reels, string band and 19th century African-American music, blues, country and Americana. The band won a Grammy for the album that sounded both traditional and modern. 

It's always difficult following up a hugely successful album. Record companies often want an act to repeat the same successful formula, while the musicians may want to take the music in a different direction.

The Drops, along with old-time/new wave blues band Hazmat Modine, are among a group of bands revisiting the roots of "old-time" American music, reinterpreting and reinventing the music as they go along.

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